ACLA Seminar: Stories of Memory in the 21st Century (June 2022)

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
The American Comparative Literature Association
contact email: 

CFP: ACLA 2022

Stories of Memory in the 21st Century



National Taipei Normal University

Taipei, Taiwan


*Contingency plan: 

It may be held online due to the ongoing 

pandemic, and the board will make a final decision in January 2022.  


Time: June 15-18, 2022

Abstract Submission Deadline: 

October 31st, 2021


Contact: Mavis Tseng

Associate Professor, 

Taipei Medical University


Memory remains a popular topic among contemporary literature, TV series, and movies (MementoThe Bourne Identity, RemainderEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindThe Girl on the Train, Total RecallThe Sense of an Ending, Minority Report, The Woman in the WindowHomecomingYesterday, etc.) These stories of memory provide fresh and critical perspectives of how remembering is framed by forgetting (and vice versa), and manifest the capacity of the past to haunt the present and the future. In one way or another, these stories reveal the unsettling discrepancy between history and memory on both individual and collective levels, highlight the fluidity of memory, and reconsider our criteria for selection about what to remember and what to forget.

This seminar examines the complex relationship between memory and storytelling in contemporary literature, TV series, and movies. This seminar will focus on the following questions: What is the relationship between memory and fiction in the 21st century? How do storytelling, verbal representation, and technologies influence our memory? How do social media, A. I., and other digital technologies influence how we remember and forget? How do we develop our criteria for selection and make our own choices about what to remember and what to forget? How does memory function in the 21st century? What is the future of memory? 

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

theories of memory 

memory and forgetting

memory illusion 

nostalgia and anachronism

postmemory, rememory 

trauma, melancholy, and other backward affects

memory in the digital age

collective memory/amnesia

sci-fi, A.I. and memory 

posthuman subjectivity and memory

reenactment/repetition in memory


Please send a 300 word abstract and a short bio through the ACLA portal ( by 31st October, 2021. Please select “Stories of Memory in the 21stCentury” in the Seminar drop box. If you have any questions about this seminar, please feel free to contact Dr. Mavis Tseng at